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obama is opening leads in states that mitt romney can least afford to lose. have a look at our new poll today. the president now has a 10-point lead in the swing state of ohio, 53% to 43. in florida, another key swing state, mr. obama's lead is nine points, 53% to 44. and the president leads by 12 point in pennsylvania, 54 to 42. this quinnipiac university/cbs news/"new york times" polls has a margin of roar of three points so the leads are significant. our cbs news election analysis team is moving ohio from a toss- up to leaning toward mr. obama. with that, we estimate 255 electoral votes are solidly in the obama camp or leaning that way. for governor romney the number is 206 with 270 needed to win. the president would have to pick up just 15 in the remaining toss-up state that you see on this map in gray. if the president wins ohio, governor romney would have to nearly sweep those toss-up states in order to win the white house. so no surprise that we find both candidates in ohio today. our campaign 2012 team is on their trail and we're going to start tonight with nancy cordes. nancy.
with a ten-point lead over mitt romney, 53% to 43%. dean reynolds is in the buckeye state tonight with the voters. dean? >> reporter: scott, back in 2008, nearly 30% of ohio's more than seven million voters cast their ballots before election day, and the campaigns this time around would love to see them increase that percentage. >> three, two, one! (cheers and applause). >> reporter: what some are calling election month began in ohio promptly at 8:00 a.m. some voters had overnighted in the parking lot outside a columbus polling place. >> i think there's been a lot of controversy about early voting. >> reporter:'m reld hernandez was there bright and early. >> for me it's a convenience, i can come in and get it done. >> reporter: you spent the night, though, to be one of the very first. >> i did. i was pretty excited. i thought why not? it's something different. i can say once in my life i camped out to vote. >> reporter: the names of the early voters are reported by the county board of elections. not their votes, just their names. the campaigns try to guess how they voted based on
an eye on the few states heat could go either way. heose so-called swing states that will decide the race. the latest polling in ohio shows the president slightly ahead of mitt romney 51% to 46%. the margin of error is 3%. in florida, mr. obama leads 50% to 45% with a margin of error of four points. and in colorado it's essentially a tie. the president leading 48% to 47% margin of error three points. mst night on "60 minutes" we devoted the entire hour to a conversation with the president and governor romney. in one interview, we asked governor romney about his controversial comments to a private group when he said he tdn't care about trying to attract the votes of 47% of americans. we were talking in an interview a few weeks ago and i remember he quote. you said that you had a passion for all the people of this aluntry. end quote. and then we see the surreptitiously recorded video from that fundraiser in which n't suggested that you didn't care about 47% of the people because they're dependent on government and they won't take personal responsibility for their lives. which is the real mi
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